On February 27, Gerald “winged it” North emailed me (and several other blogs) instructing us not to mention him in our blogs.
I would appreciate your leaving me out of your blogs.
If he wanted me to not mention him, a good starting point would be to stop saying stupid things. Unfortunately, since Climategate, he’s done exactly the opposite.
A few days before sending me this email, North had ridiculed the idea that some one who had gone to the ends of the earth to get glacier data should go to the trouble of archiving the data before he lost it.
North at the AAAS in February on the imposition of requiring what Oxburgh calls “outstanding and experienced scientists” to archive their data:
The question, Gerald North of Texas A&M University wanted to know, “is just how much is enough?” One glaciologist he knows was asked to track down early glacial-melt data. Which, it turns out, were on the type of punched cards used in computers typical of the mid-1970s. The glaciologist couldn’t even remember where he might have packed away those boxes of cards.
Imagine. What sort of petty mind would expect an “outstanding and experienced scientist” to remember where he packed away his boxes of punched cards.
I presume that North is talking about Lonnie Thompson here. And isotope data (not glacial melt.) But precision is no longer one of Gerry’s strong points. Perhaps this also explains why Lonnie Thompson has refused to archive sample data for Dunde cores taken in 1989 – still an important contributor to proxy studies. He doesn’t know where the data is and doesn’t want to admit it.
Update: Life Cycle of Glacier Data as approved by Gerald North
Ice core samples are obtained at great expense and transported by porters down the mountain (below from Thompson’s Sajama ice core):